Look at this picture. First hold your hands up close together to act as the blinkers of intuition.
The Goldilocks Effect
Then separate them. The contrast is striking.
With the blinkers in position and only a small centre portion in
view, the terrain ahead appears to be only of moderate slope.
With blinkers removed the precipitious cliff that represents the future
is seen to be right next to us.
The blinkers on condition is how we interpret changes ahead using our tried and trusted intuition which evolved over aeons and worked
well for us in the past when changes were slow.
But when we instead use our reason,
and consider the weight of evidence,
we become aware that the
unblinkered condition gives very
It is a picture that intuition finds unaccceptable.
But let's look at this checkerboard illusion .
Are A and B the same shade? My intuition
screams out "NO WAY!"
Because I have printed it out and put the squares right next to each other, my reason
knows they really are
the same shade
We have seen two situations where intuition is way out of its depth
and must be firmly ignored .
Another blinkering effect to which we are prone is overspecialisation.
Of course, in our modern societies, specialisation is often very necessary.
But often our focus is so narrow that "we can't see the wood for the trees"
"Unusual Perspectives" is very different from other works in that,
after sketching out the necessary backgrounds,
we stand way back
so as to get the big, (and very surprising) pictures.
for instance, will be shocked at what is made of money.